Sprint and HTC today announced the upcoming arrival of the much-anticipated HTC Hero from Sprint, the first Android phone on CDMA with EV-DO Rev. A in the U.S. Sprint will start selling the HTC Hero on Oct. 11. Sprint customers will be able to purchase HTC Hero through all Sprint retail channels including Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and our national retail partner Best Buy for $179.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/hero
Offering a rich mobile Internet experience, the HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube as well as access to thousands of applications built on the Android platform.
Access to countless applications
As a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance, Sprint is actively engaged with the Android community. Through Android Market, HTC Hero users have access to more than 8,000 useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on their phone, with many more to come. Thousands of developers are working to introduce new Android applications every day.
ShopSavvy, Twitter, Shazam, amazon.com, USA Today, Flixster, PacMan, CraigslistChecker, and MySpace Mobile are among the countless well-liked applications already available on Android Market. Pandora, the popular personal radio application, is launching on Android devices and will be available on the HTC Hero from Sprint.
Intuitive, user-focused and fun
HTC Hero is the first U.S. device to feature HTC Sense, an intuitive experience that was built with a guiding philosophy to put people at the center and allows the device to be completely customized to the wants and needs of the user. The device?s seven-panel wide home screen can be populated with customizable widgets that bring information to the surface.
HTC Hero users can easily create and switch between Scenes to reflect different moments or roles in their lives, such as work, social, travel and play. For example, a work Scene can be easily set up to include stock updates, work email and calendar, a play Scene could have music, weather, and a Twitter feed or a travel Scene could offer instant access to the local time, weather and maps.
HTC Hero features an integrated 5.0 MP camera and camcorder. It also offers easy access to personal and business e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging through POP, IMAP, and Exchange Active Sync accounts.
It is the first Sprint device to offer HTC Footprints, an application experience that enables the user to chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favorite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS coordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.
HTC Hero is a full-featured smartphone with Wi-Fi capability, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability and a fingerprint resistant coating, integrated GPS navigation, and trackball navigation. Additional features include:
* Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless technology * accelerometer, light sensor and home screen widgets for improved usability * multimedia capable with microSD slot (32GB capable, 2GB included) * Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming * NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile * easy access to social networking sites, including Facebook, Flickr and Twitter * visual voice mail for quick and easy access to specific voice mail messages
HTC Hero requires activation on a pricing plan offering unlimited data. Sprint?s Simply Everything plan provides unlimited nationwide calling, texting, e-mail, social networking, Web browsing, GPS navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile and much more for only $99.99 per month.